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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Don Pepin Garcia (My Father Cigars) My Father La Opulencia Robusto
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Michael (StogieDad)
82
Cigar Geeks Rating

Welcome to another Member sponsored Geek Critique.  This one has been generously sponsored by our member brlesq (Bruce).  The cigar provided for this round is the My Father La Opulencia Robusto.

Combine My Father and Le Bijou and you've got Opulencia:

My Father Cigars have come a long way since their start in a tiny cigar factory in Miami's Little Havana nearly a decade and a half ago. Since then, they’ve grown into a go-to brand for cigar enthusiasts, regularly receiving outstanding reviews from critics and several top-25 honors. And we expect no less for the newest entry into this storied brand — My Father La Opulencia. A box-pressed vitola presented in six exquisite offerings, La Opulencia is here to redefine the premium cigar experience.

Featuring elements of the original My Father and Le Bijou, the La Opulencia utilizes an opulent Mexican Rosado Oscuro wrapper encasing flavorful Nicaraguan filler. This premium cigar has a smooth and creamy taste with leather and cocoa nuances. Each sample that went across our office burnt beautifully and smoothly down to the end.


Length:
5.25
Ring Gauge:
52
Country Manufactured:
Nicaragua
Filler:
Nicaragua
Binder:
Corojo
Criollo
Wrapper:
Mexico
Color:
Oscuro
Strength:
Medium-Full
Shape:
Robusto

This cigar was enjoyed with Coffee w/ Irish Cream

Pre-Light: 18 Points of 20 Possible

Great looking cigar.  Obviously DPG since it is covered in the My Father band, but the green ribbon sets it apart.  The wrapper is dry but velvety, and is fairly rustic with several veins and bumps throughout.  The fill is perfect, just enough give.  Everything looks on the up and up, as would be expected from Pepin.

Light & Burn: 12 Points of 15 Possible

The cigar look flame straight on, and for the most part burned fine.  The burn was crooked a bit throughout just enough to need a few touch ups, but never ran or got too bad.  The ash was firm, held nicely for around an inch, and was salt and pepper in color.  Smoke production was excellent until the last third when I had to do a relight and the volume was reduced.  About average burn time for me on a cigar this size, took me about an hour and a half.

Construction: 22 Points of 30 Possible

The construction was mostly fine, but the cap did give me problems.  IT was loose from the beginning, and unraveled from the beginning.  It didn’t cause the cigar to fall apart, but it was annoying.  As stated before the burn was OK, but did require some touch ups and relights along the way.  The draw was perfect.  Overall it was OK but a bit disappointing from a Pepin stick.

Flavor: 30 Points of 35 Possible

I found this cigar to be a consistent but tasty profile.  There wasn't a whole lot of transition in the smoke.  From the start there was a good bit of black pepper, dark chocolate, and earthiness.  A bit of a heavier, woody note as well.  This carried on through most of the smoke, with the black pepper becoming a bit more forward towards the middle then backing down after the relight.  At that point there was more of the earthy, chewy notes with a bit of leather in the background.  The finish is long, lasting well past finishing the smoke.  Coffee was a good pairing as it added a bit of sweetness for balance.

Summary

Overall this was an enjoyable cigar that didn’t quite meet my high hopes.  I am a big fan of Pepin blends, and while this one was tasty and had quite a bit of the signature pepper notes, the lack of complexity was a bit disappointing.  The cap was annoying and the relight was unexpected.  Maybe it was just
because I was expecting so much, but I found this to be an “average” but good DPG stick.  I would certainly like to revisit another to see if these findings are consistent.  Thanks for allowing me to review this smoke Bruce!





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